Morocco receives 'advanced' missile defence systems from Israel

Morocco receives 'advanced' missile defence systems from Israel
Morocco has received advance Israeli missile defence systems as per an agreement finalised last year.
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13 April, 2022
The agreement to purchase the defence systems was made earlier this year [Getty-archive]

Morocco has obtained a set of advanced missile defence systems from Israel, a recent report by the Israeli defence ministry, picked up by Moroccan media, revealed.

The purchase formed the focus of a bilateral agreement formalised when Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz visited the North African country in November.

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Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – which normalised ties with Israel in a 2020 deal dubbed the Abraham Accords – have signed defence pacts with Israel worth over $800 million.

 The Israeli defence ministry said military exports to the Arab region will exceed $1 billion this year.

In February, reports revealed that Morocco agreed to purchase Israel Aerospace Industries’ BARAK MX Integrated Air & Missile Defence System in a deal worth over half a billion dollars.

Morocco and Israel had low-level relations before agreeing to establish ties in 2020.

The rapprochement between the two countries has fuelled tensions with Morocco’s neighbour, Algeria, which cut ties with Rabat last summer.